Arizona defeated Washington State in impressive fashion. Read on for news and numerous notes on how the wildcats got it done.
took control early Saturday night and coasted the rest of the way en route to a double digit victory over Washington State
. The Wildcats completely outmatched Wazzu on both ends of the floor and never gave the Cougars a chance to make a run at any point in the second half.
Despite having several players battling foul trouble, UA was able to keep a comfortable lead throughout the entire second half after holding a 14-point advantage at the break. The Wildcats were able to establish such a large lead thanks to some sharp shooting from the outside, especially by one of their senior leaders.
Solomon Hill's shooting display in the first half put the dagger in Wazzu early. The senior knocked down six three pointers in the first 20 minutes and concluded the night with 18 points. He did not score in the second half, but he didn't need to. Hill's three-point barrage in the first half was capped off by a buzzer beater from about 70 feet away; a shot that seemed to strip the Cougars of any confidence they had possessed.
Struggling with foul trouble for much of the first half and a significant portion of the second half, Mark Lyons still made a huge impact on the game. The senior finished with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting and was assertive down the stretch when his team needed him to be. The starting guard only saw 23 minutes of action, but he made the most of his time on the floor, averaging nearly a point per minute.
Center Kaleb Tarczewski had his third consecutive strong outing, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds. He was sidelined with foul trouble through much of the affair, but he more than held his own against Brock Motum when he was on the floor.
Brandon Ashley fouled out in just 18 minutes of action, but like Tarczewski, Ashley made the most of his minutes. The freshman forward scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and also added five rebounds in the winning effort. He was able to knock down shots both inside and out, looking like a player gaining confidence as the season progresses.
Grant Jerrett struggled shooting the ball, but his impact was made more at the defensive end of the floor. The freshman big man was a menace in the paint for the Cougars, blocking four shots. His knack for denying the opposition ultimately made Wazzu think twice about going to the basket any time they approached the basket.
Senior forward Kevin Parrom was ejected for throwing a punch early in the game. Despite his loss – and three players battling foul trouble – UA's lead was never in doubt, which speaks volumes to the depth and talent level of the team.
The Wildcats did an excellent job of taking care of the ball in comparison to how they performed against Washington on Thursday night. They played one of their more efficient games on the offensive end of the floor on Saturday and it led to just nine turnovers as a team.
UA's perimeter defense was smothering once again, holding the Cougars to a poor shooting night from beyond the arc. Washington State hit just six out of 19 attempts from long range, mainly due to the Wildcats' ability to get a hand in the face of the shooter.